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Officer in Charge of Sailors Captured By Iran Loses Appeal, Could Face Discharge

Officer in Charge of Sailors Captured By Iran Loses Appeal, Could Face Discharge

Lt. David Nartker, right, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3, talks with an Indonesian "Kopaska" Naval Special Forces on Aug. 6, 2016. US Navy Photo

Lt. David Nartker, right, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3, talks with an Indonesian “Kopaska” Naval Special Forces on Aug. 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional comments from U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The officer in charge of a detachment of ten sailors who were captured by Iranians in January has been issued a punitive letter of reprimand for his role in the capture of the crews of the two boats, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

UPDATED: Leader of U.S. Sailors Captured by Iran Appeals Punishment

UPDATED: Leader of U.S. Sailors Captured by Iran Appeals Punishment

Riverine Command Boat (RCB) 802’s boat captain, Lt. David Nartker, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.7, checks his boat’s communications system operating in the Persian Gulf in 2015. US Navy Photo

Riverine Command Boat (RCB) 802’s boat captain, Lt. David Nartker, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.7, checks his boat’s communications system operating in the Persian Gulf in 2015. US Navy Photo

Lt. David Nartker, the officer in charge of the crew of two riverine boats captured and held by Iranian forces, is appealing the punishment issued earlier this month, according to information obtained by USNI News. Read More

Leader of U.S. Sailors Captured by Iran Faces Punishment

Leader of U.S. Sailors Captured by Iran Faces Punishment

Lt. David Nartker, right, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3, talks with an Indonesian "Kopaska" Naval Special Forces on Aug. 6, 2016. US Navy Photo

Lt. David Nartker, right, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3, talks with an Indonesian “Kopaska” Naval Special Forces on Aug. 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: The date on a photo of Lt. David Nartker in a caption in a previous version of this post was incorrect. It was taken on Aug. 6, 2015, not 2016.

This post was updated with additional information on the sailors who faced administrative punishment. A graphic of the U.S. Navy’s timeline of events was also added.

The officer in charge of the U.S. sailors who were captured and held by Iranian forces in January faces administrative punishment for his role in the incident, several defense officials have confirmed to USNI News. Read More

U.S. Navy Confirms ‘Abnormal and Unprofessional’ Iranian UAV Recon Flight Over Carriers Truman, Charles de Gaulle

U.S. Navy Confirms ‘Abnormal and Unprofessional’ Iranian UAV Recon Flight Over Carriers Truman, Charles de Gaulle

Screen shot of an Iranian video claiming to be spy footage of USS Harry S. Truman from an Iranian UAV.

Screen shot of an Iranian video claiming to be spy footage of USS Harry S. Truman from an Iranian UAV.

Officials at U.S. 5th Fleet confirmed to USNI News Iranian forces flew an unmanned aerial vehicle over French carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) earlier this month in a Friday statement to USNI News. Read More

10 Riverine Sailors Detained by Iran Returned to San Diego For Debriefings, Reunions With Family

10 Riverine Sailors Detained by Iran Returned to San Diego For Debriefings, Reunions With Family

Capt. Gary Leigh, center right, commander, Coastal Riverine Group One, greets the 10 U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron Three, upon their return to Naval Air Station North Island on Jan. 22, 2016. US Navy Photo

Capt. Gary Leigh, center right, commander, Coastal Riverine Group One, greets the 10 U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron Three, upon their return to Naval Air Station North Island on Jan. 22, 2016. US Navy Photo

The 10 Navy sailors who were detained by Iran have returned to San Diego to be reunited with their families and continue debriefings in a Navy investigation. Read More